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KHARKOV, June 25 (Itar-Tass) — The Kiev district court of Kharkov on Monday set July 10 as the date of the next hearing of the case over tax evasion and financial abuses against Ukrainian Opposition leader Yulia Timoshenko, judge Konstantin Sadovsky said.
Timoshenko is to undergo a medical examination, on which the prosecutor for the state insisted because of "the former premier’s systematic failure to attend the hearings for health reasons.
Prior to the trial, Timoshenko wrote a statement refusing to attend. She referred to the conclusions by German Professor Karl Marx Einhopl, who had examined her.
It is the Timoshenko’s fifth statement in which she refused to attend the hearings of her case and the review of her appeal.
Timoshenko was head of the Unified Energy Systems of Ukraine /UESU/ in 1995-1997.
On April 19, prosecutors said Timoshenko was accused within the framework of the new case of masterminding the theft of budget funds, attempted theft of 25 million hrivna /more than 3 million dollars/, 4-million-hrivna /500,000 dollars/ tax evasion, and using a credit card of a foreign company to pay almost one million dollars worth of bills at expensive hotels and restaurants without reporting the sum to the tax authorities.
On Monday, the Ukrainian mass media carried the text of the indictment against Timoshenko. The investigators claimed that the UESU led by Timoshenko had caused a 30-million-hrivna damage to the state /some 4 million dollars/ and that Timoshenko had not paid 681,000 hrivnas /85,000 dollars/ of taxes.
According to the indictment, Timoshenko, as president of the UESU private company, planned and carried through a scheme to imitate transfers through the Golden Union Offshore Bank on Cyprus and the Yuzhkombank she controlled. The scheme involved two companies subordinate to Timoshenko: Somolli Enterprises Limited and Corlan Enterprises Limited; they, too, were used to imitate fund transfers.
The accomplices to this crime are her farther in law Gennady Timoshenko who died this last May. He was UESU director general. The other accomplice is the former chief accountant of this company who was a deputy director general.
She is now being treated at a Kharkov hospital. His illness aggravated at the Kachanovskya penitentiary where she is serving a seven-year prison term for exceeding her authority at the post of prime minister when singing contracts of natural gas supplies with Russia in 2009.